Last minute blow for Malaysia Under 19
11 December 2016 – It is the match that can go either way and Sri Lanka Under 19 celebrate winning the game after the final whistle. Substitute Thanuja Malimbaba become the hero as his 70th minutes try make sure his side win the game. Sandesh Jayawickrama Met Tissage complete the conversion to make sure his side win 27 – 21 after the final whistle.
Both team show their tenacity and spirits to win the match as both team go back and fourth in the first 15 minutes. Sri Lanka Under 19 draw the first blood in the 15th minutes as Gayan Wickramarathna completes the penalty kick to make it 3 – 0. Sri Lanka Under 19 continue to dominate the game as Gayan Wickramarathna scores the first try of the game. However, he unable to complete the conversion. Malaysia Under 19 shows great mental strength to dominate the last 10 minutes of the first half. Their dominance pays off as Muhammad Aqiel Zakaria and Muhammad Hariz Izzat Ahmad Hapez scores two tries in the 25th and 32nd minutes. Zulmajdi Kama Razali completes both conversion to make sure Malaysia Under 19 leads 14 – 8 at the end of the first half.
Sri Lanka Under 19 makes 3 changes during the first 5 minutes of the second half as they surge to close the gap. The changes pays off as their Loosehead Prop, Nikhila Dorada Gunadheera scores Sri Lanka Under 19 second try. Sandesh Jayawickrama Met Tissage completes his second conversion at the 47th minutes to make sure Sri Lanka Under 19 leads the game at 15 – 14.
Malaysia Under 19 does not let their head down and come back strong with their 3rd try of the game by Muhammad Hariz Izzat Ahmad Hapez. It is Hariz Izzat 2nd try of the match. Subtitute, Muhammad Fahmy Farkhan Suri make sure Malaysia Under 19 retakes the lead as his successful conversion at the 57 minutes turn the score into Malaysia favour, 21 – 15. Adeesha Weerathunga scores Sri Lanka Under 19 third try to make it 20 – 21 but their quest to retake the lead fail as they unable to complete the conversion.
Sri Lanka Under 19 keeps their heads up and make their final push in the dying second. Malaysia Under 19 who without their captain, Ras Ubaidah Razbi for the last 20 minutes unable to prevent Thanuja Malimbaba to score Sri Lanka 4th and final try. Sandesh Jayawickrama Met Tissage completes the conversion and that is the final kick of the match. It is 27 – 21 in the favour of Sri Lanka Under 19.
Sri Lanka Under 19 will face Hong Kong Under 19 this coming Wednesday. Malaysia Under 19 need to make sure that they produce a great display in their second match against Chinese Taipei Under 19. All the matches will be play at Universiti Putra Malaysia Stadium.
Full match details as follow